Need for Pakistani Americans to Politicalize

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It is time for Pakistani Americans to politicalize, whether regarding the issues affecting Pakistani Americans or the issues affecting Pakistan.  Pakistani Americans are among the most highly educated communities in the United States, however such has not resulted in any major political achievements. 

The Indian American community on the other hand, is not only an emerging political player but still maintains connections with India, making them a dual power community.  What makes the Indian American community a dual power community is that not only Indian Americans are concerned and active in the Political Institutions in United States, but also still have ties to India and are as politically active in regards to business and politics in India. 

In Pakistan, the political institutions are in shambles.  If you ask any Pakistani American on Pakistan Politics, most will say not to get involved or leave you with a bad dose of politics in Pakistan.  But is such the pattern to maintain for the Pakistani Americans to grow as a respected community? 

The first step for the Pakistani Americans is to politicalize themselves as Pakistani Americans.  The issue with Pakistani Americans is that they do not see themselves as Pakistani Americas, rather they see themselves as Muslim Americans. 

A Muslim American group is seen as mainly a religous group rather than a political advocacy group.   A country has political boundaries, a religion has no political boundaries. 

Maryland Delegate Saqib Ali loosing the race for Maryland State Senate in 2010 should be a wake-up call to every Pakistani American.  While the Indian American community has rising Stars such as Nikki Haley and people who are already established such as Bobby Jindal, the Pakistani Americans have practically no representation.  This should be the opportunity to be seized for Pakistani Americans as emerging voices in the Political Spectrum. 

Being a highly educated community, Pakistani Americans also must take an interest in regards to the political institutions in Pakistan.  Often, it is a community conversation of the political situation in Pakistan, but nothing more.  Pakistani Americans should be influencing public policy in Pakistan and bringing their expertise in guiding the country towards the vision of it's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 

Pakistani Americans have the opportunity to be taking seriously, and should be known for their bright spots, and being politicalized is a must.  Then they can better advocate for Pakistani Americans and Pakistan. 

With the recent flood crisis affecting Pakistan, it has put the country in to a different type of spot light.  If Pakistani Americans can use that as an opportunity to improve the institutions in Pakistan, not only will they be respected within Pakistan but respected in the United States for their noble cause.  And we must remember the sacrifices of Mr. Jinnah and those that died in the Partition and/or sacrificed everything they had for Pakistan.  It is in their honor that Pakistani Americans must politicalize.

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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